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Comment Re:The stuff is just too expensive (Score 1) 95

I think what will kill iot is that it's just frankly too expensive. A perfect example is the Belkin WeMo line of iot enabled products.

* 150 dollars for a slow cooker

* 150 dollars for a coffee maker

* 200 dollars for a humidifier

* 40 dollars for a plugin relay switch

And the list goes on. The nest costs 5x-10x more than a low end digital thermostat. I have a sneaking suspicion as with almost all other home automation, upper class people will buy it for the novelty but the rest of the world will keep to their "dumb" devices.

I'm an owner of three low-end programmable thermostats. They work just fine. 2 of them are 4x7 which means, 4 programs for each day of the week. The third is a Mon-Fri *4 and Sat-Sun * 4 programs . They work just fine.

In heat mode, they have a tiny resistor near the thermistor sensing room temperature. That is an anticipator circuit.
As the thermostat is located distant from the heat-source, to prevent overshoot of heat setting, that resistor serves to add bias to cause the heat to turn off a half degree before the setpoint. It takes about an hour for the resistor to transfer about 0.5 degrees of bias to the thermistor. When the thermostat calls for topping up, there is somewhat less bias due to the resistor itself having thermal inertia.

Comment Re: title (Score 1) 336

Keep in mind this is China's news, the same ones who tell us Taiwan/Hong Kong/Tibet/South sea islands is belonged to China, nothing bad ever happen on Tiananmen square, there is no corruption in China (except a few to make example of, the rest of the world is polluted as bad as China (lol no) and countless other lies about their country to surpress to people/save face.

But they have a better education system than most G7 countries. And very smart people too.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

They point to reduced speeds due to drivers being unsure of lanes. Repeat: UNSURE of the road. They treat this like speed reduction is an end in itself rather than the primary goal of safety. Driver confusion rarely is a good thing.

Here's an example. I know they said "white lines" not "yellow lines", but there is an issue that still remains. Let's say you're unfamiliar with the area, and come upon one of these roads from an intersecting road. Which way can you turn? If there's no immediate traffic to imitate, then you may find yourself turning down the road thinking you're safe only to meet up with traffic later that is moving in the opposite direction. Unless you feel like playing the game of chicken or just like head-on collisions, you need to get off the road ASAP.

All the highways are really one way service roads.

Comment Re:Fundamentals (Score 1) 350

The issue with bringing the combatants from Gitmo to US soil is not about them getting loose, it's about them getting extended constitutional rights because they are not in the custody of the Armed Forces anymore.

They will be given the right to stand trial, PUBLIC trial, where the reasons why they are being detained and how we know that information will be subject to the standard rules of evidence used in criminal court. Likely the evidence will not meet the requirements of our legal system and get thrown out, which will set them free. The military is NOT a law enforcing agency (except for the Coast Guard) and it is this way for a very good reason. They do not collect evidence legally when they are dealing with enemy combatants. They have the legal ability to capture, detain and kill combatants within the rules of war, which are totally different than the rules dealing with criminal prosecutions. And this is how it should be.

So, no, I'm not afraid of the guys in Club Gitmo as long as they are guarded 24/7, but if you let them go they are avowed to do us harm. If you bring them to US soil, you are likely letting them go, just as sure as if you dropped them off in front of their home and drove away.

I'm amazed at how many folks don't get this, that somehow think we can just stuff them into our federal prisons (with or without trials and convictions) and keep ourselves safe from them. That idea is stupid because I see an army of lawyers at the ready to plead their case and force their release starting just as on as they set foot on US soil. Heck, they've tried it already and they are in Cuba under military rules...

Why do you think that these guys were any different than the soldiers sent ahead into the enemies camps to do spying? From the other side's viewpoint, Americans in Afghanistan were the terrorists. We never had fair reporting of the views of both sides of a conflict.

Comment Social Engineering avoidance (Score 1) 2

One method is to not allow any unrecognized person into an area unescorted. In a large organization, that means that exiting employment employees mini biography and photo are emailed to all. That is to avoid leaving a position on the 20th floor and re-entering the corp using one of the tricks shown in the brief youtube display.

I think that social engineering is an inappropriate title. "Wanting to provide universal healthcare" to Americans is social engineering.

Comment Re:The wall will be built (Score 1) 832

Congress would spend most of its time dispensing with his vetoes, defunding any department he tried to turn to whatever idiotic or evil plan (if you can call what he does "planning") he had in mind.

why woudl you think this? repubs own both halves of congress, and while I don't think they'll go in for his most radical stuff, they're not going to outwardly challenge or overrule him.

I used to think that Donald was an adult gutter child, but actually, as I began to watch the comic show, I began to notice a strategy aimed at putting his opponents off balance. In a way, he is also fighting the superpacs, which in every other democratic country, would be deemed illegal. And the feeding of money to candidates via very high paying speaking engagements. I just love bribery.

He is pointing out that being nice is not being able to make/take a decision and run with it. Instead of having deliberate immediate decisions, to wolly-gag, to fluster and to take action in a years time, to delay the enviable decision down the road is what the opponents are doing. And he uses his attacks very effectively to put his opponents off guard.

You do realize that the USA, in the event of a war, is no longer self sufficient or able to survive. Your manufacturing of electronic components, and finished products like cellphones, radar detectors, etc, is all being manufactured off-shore. Just let the supply line be blocked, and the USA will fall down on it's own greedy decisions.

Yes, bring back manufacturing. If it's too expensive to do because of the desire for 30% gross profits, then too bad. Bring profits down to reasonable levels. Bring the director salaries in line with responsibilities. Want a million dollar income? Own enough dividend type shares to give you the excess over $400,000 of salary. You don't deserve more money than that, if you only manage a team of seven to ten people.
And if the domestic items, manufactured by robots are too expensive, raise the minimum wage.

When the minimum wage is so low that even with two incomes, a family can't afford medical insurance, or higher education, then the greedy wealthy are the cause of the "Dumbing down of America". It took a decision by Reagan to orchestrate USA poverty. Rich get Richer and poor get poorer.

Donald is a proactive thinker, not a reactive one.

And by the way, I think that the team of Trump and Sanders would be fantastic for USA. Is there a reason to not have a Pres/Vice Pres Republican/Democrat or Democrat/ Republican in the white house? What happened to "Government of the people, for the people and by the people"?

Comment Re:Dear black and whiter (Score 1) 582

The context was *a residential street*. Stop generalizing something which was very obviously not meant to be general, that's just intellectually dishonest. Alternatively you're suggesting that you're too stupid to realize that.

In the beginning we saw many cars launched into space. As they flew though the air, for the two to three feet, we watched the amazed eyes of the teenager driver as the car fell back down to it's shock absorbers.

Comment Re:An NDA works and makes for Target to sue (Score 1) 234

Hey...sometimes you just gotta work on site.

NDA's are nice...but I've seen them ignored and nothing much could be done about it, unless your company is a BIG one with some powerful attorney's and deep pockets.

So, I'd say the simplest thing would be to have them work on site. Sounds like with the fast timing requirements, it might actually just be better for them to work and test ON the machines that will be running it, to make sure it runs fast enough....?

Even with working on site with an NDA, it does not mean that a few words said after two beers will not be two words about the application. The two words may not describe the code, but it may describe the personnel or mention the project name.

Comment Re:Is this the 21st Century? (Score 1) 510

Why don't we add an amendment to this law saying that anyone in violation will be considered to be a witch and burned at the stake accordingly.

This must be why Oklahoma is such an economic powerhouse. Oh wait, turns out they are the dead last state in GDP. I'm sure these progressive laws had nothing to do with that, not a thing.

If Canadians could vote for Americans (we are able to place bets on the election outcomes), we would vote for Bernie. The USA has a lot of image rebuilding that the Republicans have damaged.
And if Bernie gets to win and the USA congress wakes up and declares universal healthcare, the USA will join Canada that has had it for more than the past 40 years.

I will not go bankrupt if I get chronically sick, I live in Quebec province. My daughter has $30,000 Canadian Dollars per year of medicine. You American will be charged $60,000 for the same drugs. Further more, when my daughters prescription costs arrive at $3000.00 in the year, the balance of her medication for the year is FREE of additional cost.

Take that your Republicans who want for profit everything. And yes, the insurance and drug companies in our country still make a profit.
We also have free denticare for children under the age of 6.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 82

good network security such as MAC registration

MAC addresses are quite public, static, and easily fakeable information, they are by no means a "good" way to authenticate devices.

A new security feature is randomizing the mac id, and insuring the randomised mac address is distinct from the hardware mac. Every relog in to a system will generate a new fake mac.

Comment Re:Stopped reading after... (Score 1) 106

Stopped reading the conspiracy rant after this delicious gem:

Instead of a proper BIOS that can trace its origins to the first x86 computers, computers today have UEFI and Secure Boot, a measure designed to only allow signed software to run on the device.

Yeah, so because they finally abandoned BIOS, modern computers are suddenly insecure. With the implication that BIOS was somehow secure. Yeah, bullshit.

I'm not even saying that the IME is necessarily perfect, but conspiracy-theory drivel doesn't do much for me. That goes double for when it seems to be directed at one vendor and one vendor only while pretending that everybody else out there (AMD [which flat-out embeds an ARM processor in its parts to copy the functionality of IME], anything running ARM, etc.) is all magically secure.

Almost every computer microchip has microcode that is revisable via a module stored within the bios. Much of the chips instruction set is programmable. Intel, AMD and other vendors do have microcode updates that are presented at boot time. Linux has them. Windows has them, etc.

And if you think that the AES instructions within the chip are safe to use, think again. I am willing to bet that the NSA has front doors into the cpu chip, such that it has the possibility to report encryption or decryption activities. I just love microcode says the global governments who love in-chip encryption instructions.

Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 1) 159

The current crop of media tycoons are too old to figure that out. They are stuck in a prior generation's way of managing content, and they are doing everything they can to keep the rest of the world trapped in it too, to their own detriment.

Eventually they will die off and be replaced by a new crop of tycoons who, though just as evil, have a better understanding of how data moves and breathes, and so they will get on board with a more reasonable (and ultimately more profitable) plan. Of the time they get that worked out, THAT paradigm will be technologically outdated, so people will be having this exact same conversation.

Policy always lags a decade or two behind tech.

What do you do if you are the owner of "Crown Royal" whiskey, a cash cow, and you are bored, but want to get into the entertainment business? You sell that cash-cow for the right to buy into movie, DVD and video cassette distribution business. Well, "cash cow" is still pulling in prize money, and DVD and video cassette have vaporized. So you do your very best to protect your millions. Millions that are slip-sliding away.

Comment Re:Job is forfeit. (Score 1) 184

In countries where handguns are outlawed, rifles registered and licensed and any other semi/automatic weapon is prohibited, crimes are lower and deaths, from guns about 1/100 of the USA rage. That rage is 30,000 gun deaths per year, mostly children and a few ill.
And if a crime is committed with a gun, the sentence is doubled.

However, bank robberies are way down in number, thanks to plastic, so who is the criminal going to steal from? Is it the self-serve gasoline dispenser at the corner.

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